Network Ireland West Cork Announces Businesswoman of the Year Finalists Ahead of Event in Liss Ard Estate on May 31

Pictured at the Network Ireland West Cork ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ awards venue, Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, Co Cork are (L-R) Maeve Buckley, Branch Manager at AIB Skibbereen (sponsors); 2018 national and regional winner of the New Emerging Business category, Caroline Murphy, Owner at West Cork Eggs and Business Awards Coordinator of Network Ireland West Cork; and Ciara Lucy, President of Network Ireland West Cork. Photo: Dermot Sullivan Photography.

Network Ireland West Cork will hold its annual ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ awards event in Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen, Co Cork at 2pm on Friday, May 31, 2019.  The guest speaker for the event is Anne O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer at Vodafone Ireland. Both members and non-members are welcome to the event and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite (NI West Cork – Businesswoman of the Year 2019).

The finalists for the Network Ireland West Cork ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ awards are:

Small SME

Avril Allshire-Howe, Caherbeg Free Range Pork Ltd

Kate Ryan,

Maria O’Donovan, Maria O’ Donovan & Co.

Noelle Madden, Rosscarbery Pharmacy Ltd.

Sarah Leather, Her Signature Business

Sheila Munro, Juice Plus

Emerging New Business

Sharon Huggard, The Style Coach

Anna Groniecka, Anna Groniecka Photography

Anne Marie Kingston, White Sage Home Decluttering

Katy Ann Wareing, OMKO Ltd.

Social Enterprise

Noreen Murphy, Lisheens House

Helen Collins, A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

Adrienne Harrington, The Ludgate Hub                              

Shining Star

Michelle Hayes, Jacobs Engineering

Katherine O’Sullivan, O’Donnell Design Ltd.

Elma Connolly, The Ludgate Hub


Michele Hayes, Jacobs Engineering

Noelle Madden, Rosscarbery Pharmacy

Katy Ann Wareing, OMKO Ltd.

In addition, the Rising Star entrants were Tina Darb, Spearline Risk & Compliance, and Katie Hawkins, Celtic Ross Hotel, with Tina winning the regional award overall.

Speaking ahead of the awards event, Ciara Lucy, President of Network Ireland West Cork said, “The ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ awards is a key event in our calendar and Anne O’Leary is an ideal guest speaker as she will share her motivational career stories with the guests.  My goal this year as President is to try and instill confidence in our members and what better way than hosting awards for them where they can showcase their talent and businesses on both a local and national level. It’s an added bonus that this year’s national awards final will be held in Rosscarbery in September.”  

“I have three objectives for Network Ireland West Cork this year; to ensure our members grow in confidence by providing motivational inspiring speakers, to promote West Cork as a business region not to mention the beauty, and to increase jobs in West Cork.  I really want to arm the members with confidence to take risks and drive their businesses forward and the Network is a platform to help members in that respect.” concluded Ms Lucy.

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